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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Feride Cicekoglu

    Country:  Turkey

    Current Global Engagement: I started out as an architect and I became a story-teller after four years as a political prisoner during the military junta of 1980 in Turkey. The stint in prison gave me the hint of my global engagement as a screenwriter. I started by writing a novella about a kid I knew in prison. I adapted this to screen as my my first script and the film, "Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite" received the audience Prize in Cannes Film Festival (1989). My second screenplay (written in collaboration with the director) "Journey to Hope" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in the USA (1991). Now I teach screenwriting in İstanbul, and I also continue to write scripts, sometimes collaborating with my former students. "Seaburners" (Melisa Onel, 2013) was screened in Berlin Film Festival recently.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • The films we used to see on Locust Walk.. All the black and white classics.. Hitchcock and Bergman.. among many others.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • A boat trip along Bosphorus and a day the Prince Islands. Fish, meze (like tapas) and raki.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • I should have had more fun, I should have spent less time in my library carrel.
  5. What have you done, or are doing now, that you believe has the most impact?
    • I teach and I write. I try to reach out. Both in space and in time.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • Great filmmakers... Seeing the films of great filmmakers in great cities, again and again, like seeing Woody Allen's Blue Jasmin in Brooklyn and in Manhattan and comparing the audience reactions.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • The Bookstore. I still love going there and remember myself as I was a graduate student in the mid-1970's.
  8. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Not a chance! As a fan my favorite is an easy choice: a Mask & Wig show in their home on South Quince Street (which also happens to be one of my favorite streets in Philadelphia).
  9. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
    • Yehudi Cohen's Anthropology classes.
  10. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Turkish Student Organisation
  11. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • Turkish Student Organisation
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.